US jacks up cost of renouncing citizenship

ruscThose who’ve thought about it too long are going to find this a bitter pill to swallow: The US government has just issued a change in price for the cost of renouncing citizenship or giving up a long-term green card. US citizens who have been renouncing in record numbers have had to pay $450 for administrative fees until now.

The new fee: $2,350, effective 6 September but probably going into effect only 12 or 13 September. The change is a 422 percent increase, according to the Federal Register.

New citizens are charged $680 to file an application for citizenship: $595 application fee and $85 fingerprinting fee.

The explanation: the administrative burden of handling the requests is so great that the fee must be increased to cover the cost. The official bumpf is that “the Department of State is adjusting the fees in light of the findings of a recent Cost of Service study to ensure that the fees for consular services better align with the costs of providing those services.” Read the excerpt below on public interest for the full explanation. Nowhere is there a discussion about trying to reduce the cost.

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Monsanto in Ukraine: IMF loan for Ukraine may give GMO giant a backdoor into EU

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‘Ukraine’s bid for closer ties with the west could come at a cost. With the IMF set to loan the country $17 billion, the deal could also see GMO crops grown in some of the most fertile lands on the continent, warns Frederic Mousseau.

Very few, not least the Ukrainian population are aware of these details, but according to Mousseau, who is a Policy Director at The Oakland Institute, in return for the cash, Ukraine could very well become a test ground for GMO crops in Europe, something the rest of the European Union has been looking to prevent. RT caught up with the Frenchman, who voiced his concerns at what may lay ahead.’

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Why Brussels sucks – Elite thinks it can wipe the floor

RT – There’s a menace lurking in Europe’s households which Brussels’ Green Army is determined to get rid of – the high-powered vacuum cleaner. From today, Europeans won’t be able to buy vacuums that burn up more than 16-hundred watts to clean their floors. It’s supposed to help reduce energy usage, but critics claim that’s nonsense, because people will have to use less-powerful models for longer get the job done.

Scientists Claim They Successfully Emailed Brainwaves

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Mind-to-mind transmission is possible due to the fact that each thought produces a different electrical signal in the brain

MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti) – An international team of scientists has successfully sent a message to a colleague located almost 5,000 miles away using the power of mind in what researchers claim is the first nearly direct long-distance telepathic transmission, according to a study published in the PLOS One journal.

Mind-to-mind transmission is possible due to the fact that each thought sets off a chemical reaction that produces a different electrical signal in the brain. The signals can then be picked up by the electroencephalography (EEG) headsets, encoded, transmitted and deciphered.

During the first experiment, which took place on March 28, 2014, the world “hola”, meaning hello in Spanish, was transmitted. The message turned into a binary code was sent from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the Kerala state, India, to Strasbourg, France, using noninvasive technologies and transplanted into the receivers brain. It appeared as a sequence of flashes in the corner of the person’s vision.

On April 7, researches repeated the experiment: an emitter from Spain sent the word “ciao”, which means hello or goodbye in Italian, to France. They managed to achieve reliable results reporting an error rate of 15 percent in the second experiment.

Researchers predicted that in the not-so-distant future people will be able to easily interact with computers and each other using mind-to-mind communication adding that it will have “broad social implications that will require new ethical and legislative responses”.

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Gender Madness: Absurdity of chase for equality (RT Documentary)

“Gender roles limit a person to stereotypes.” “Equality gives children a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.” These principles are the basis of the gender-free pedagogy taught in Sweden that eliminates any reference to gender completely. Gender-free toys, books and even gender-free words. Meet Tanja Bergkvist, a Swedish blogger who sees that this process can reach absurdity when taken to the extreme.

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Dragon Teeth to Be Planted All Over Europe Again

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Yuriy RUBTSOV | 01.09.2014

Many media outlets compare the contemporary situation in Europe with the days before WWII. I would like to make an important correction here. Now we are watching the West fostering another Nazi regime represented by Kiev junta and it makes remember the second half of the 1930s when it did the very same thing cooperating with Germany turned into a fascist state.

Of course, the Ukraine we know today cannot measure up to the Hitler’s Germany. But the first blow is half the battle. The running amuck Fuhrer started as an unknown corporal preaching xenophobia and revenge.

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Israel announces massive land seizure for new West Bank settlements

It’s thought to be the biggest Israeli land seizure since the 1980s

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A map showing the settlement of Gevaot in the West Bank – Image: Peace Now

 

ISRAEL HAS CLAIMED nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank, in what is understood to be the biggest such seizure in decades.

Local authorities in the Gush Etzion area, south of Bethlehem, said the decision to establish new settlements there was a response to the killing of three Jewish teenagers there in June.

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Dutch Intellectuals Apologize to Putin for Lies on MH17, Syria, Ukraine…

n25881A letter sent by a prominent Dutch Professor to Russian president Vladimir Putin has attracted much media attention in Europe.  The letter was written by Professor Cees Hamelink and signed by dozens of Dutch intellectuals and professors. Below is the letter in its entirety.

Dear Mr. President Putin,

Please accept our apologies on behalf of a great many people here in the Netherlands for our Government and our Media. The facts concerning MH17 are twisted to defame you and your country.
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Hillary Clinton is the grandmother of the Islamic Caliphate

Wayne MADSEN | 01.09.2014

n25869Hillary Clinton is fond of changing history in order to put herself in the best possible light. As First Lady, she claimed that in 1996 that she dodged sniper fire while visiting Sarajevo, the capital of civil war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was a good story and, initially, she received praise for her «heroism under fire» from a typically sycophantic press. However, the story was false. Mrs. Clinton never came under sniper fire. She lied. And the lies of the one-time and prospective presidential candidate did not stop with Bosnia. According to one person close to the ex-First Lady, her first major book, «Living History», was full of so many lies and half-truths, it should have been sold under the heading of «fiction».

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NATO’s Options in Ukraine

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September 1, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – After provoking what is increasingly a devastating and expanding conflict in Ukraine, NATO appears to be out of options as its proxy regime loses its grip on both its military campaign against its own population in eastern Ukraine, as well as political control in the capital of Kiev itself. However, despite the turn of events, with NATO apparently rudderless, those seeking to undo and reserve the damage the West has created in Eastern Europe must not become complacent.
 
NATO still possesses several options with which it can respond to its deteriorating proxy regime and the eroding of its interests both in the region, and around the world.

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